New Baseball’s West Coast Expansion Books

The Institute for Baseball Studies, the Baseball Reliquary, and the Historical Society of Southern California Present Major League Baseball Moves West. This announcement also appears with the full membership support of The Pecan Park Eagle:

A Discussion and Book Signing
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Villalobos Hall, Whittier College
ADDRESS: 13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, California

INFORMATION: (562) 907-4803, (626) 791-7647, or

It’s been six decades since Major League Baseball arrived in California, opening the door for a wide range of professional sports entertainment up and down the Pacific Coast. Andy McCue, author of Mover & Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers & Baseball’s Westward Expansion, and Robert Garratt, author of Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants, team up to discuss the franchise moves, the consequences, and how the teams have become embedded in their communities, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Villalobos Hall, 13507 Earlham Drive, Whittier, California, on the campus of Whittier College. The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is co-sponsored by the Institute for Baseball Studies, the Baseball Reliquary, and the Historical Society of Southern California. Light refreshments will be served. A major area of discussion will be the history of the team’s stadiums, with O’Malley’s initial struggle to get Dodger Stadium built followed by years of success and iconic status for the ballpark. In San Francisco, where the city-owned model was followed in the spirit of its times, Candlestick Park became a chilly boondoggle which led to two bouts of brinksmanship to keep the team in the Bay Area. The eventual construction of AT&T Park led to success on and off the field and strong ties to its fans.

Andy McCue is a retired newspaper reporter. Mover & Shaker won the Seymour Medal for 2015’s best book of baseball history or biography from the Society for American Baseball Research. Garratt, whose Home Team was nominated for the Seymour Medal this past year, is a Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities at the University of Puget Sound. A book signing with Andy McCue and Robert Garratt will follow the presentation.

Books will be available for purchase.

“Major League Baseball Moves West” is made possible, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Further information: (562) 907-4803 or (626) 791-7647.

The Pecan Park Eagle extends its encouragement to readers who either live in the LA area or will be traveling to SoCal over that upcoming April 4th date to try and make it to an event that immediately takes on weight as a legendary memorial to the history of baseball on the west coast.


Bill McCurdy, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle and

Baseball Reliquary Member


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


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